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The podcast of the Association for Critical and Interdisciplinary Thinking (ACIT). Join our mailing list to keep up to date with everything important (one mail per month, no spamming!): https://mailchi.mp/0346443b6ddf/acit-global-signup

This podcast is to provide a glimpse into the life of scientists: to learn about the ideas they are passionate about, to find out what gets them out of bed every day to face the challenges and frustrations of working at the frontier to the unknown, and to share in some of the most important lessons they have learned in their career.

The ACIT Science Podcast Manuel Brenner

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The podcast of the Association for Critical and Interdisciplinary Thinking (ACIT). Join our mailing list to keep up to date with everything important (one mail per month, no spamming!): https://mailchi.mp/0346443b6ddf/acit-global-signup

This podcast is to provide a glimpse into the life of scientists: to learn about the ideas they are passionate about, to find out what gets them out of bed every day to face the challenges and frustrations of working at the frontier to the unknown, and to share in some of the most important lessons they have learned in their career.

    #29: Memory, Dynamics and AI Ethics with Leonard Bereska

    #29: Memory, Dynamics and AI Ethics with Leonard Bereska

    In this episode, host Manuel Brenner is joined by Leonard Bereska.

    Leonard Bereska is a PhD Candidate at University of Amsterdam, studying long term memory.
    We discuss a dynamical systems perspective on neuroscience, how machine learning comes into play, and how this is connected to memory and models of memory in machine learning, AI ethics, consciousness, the role of noise, the connections between Bayesian models, ensemble methods and regularizations, companies and states as superhuman intelligences, dopamine, and many more topics.

    Find Leonard's recent publications:
    https://arxiv.org/abs/2206.13336
    https://arxiv.org/abs/2207.02542

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    • 1 hr 50 min
    #28: Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies with Ingo Fiedler

    #28: Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies with Ingo Fiedler

    Note: Audio quality will improve around the 12 minute mark.

    In this episode, Ingo Fiedler from the Blockchain Research Lab joins Manuel Brenner for a conversation about blockchains and cryptocurrencies.

    Ingo Fiedler is Affiliate Professor at Concordia University, Montreal,  and co-founder of the Blockchain Research Lab, a non-profit dedicated to Scientific Research on Blockchain Technology for the Benefit of Society.

    We discuss blockchains, Bitcoin and Ethereum, proof of work and proof of stake, the current crash of Terra and Luna, key concepts behind algorithmic stablecoins, why the holy grail of a functioning stablecoin is so important, humanitarian aspects of cryptocurrencies and the increasing role they play in developing countries, central banking, fiat currencies and inflation, the work of the Blockchain Research Lab, NFTs, self-sovereign identities, the metaverse, energy consumption of cryptos, how cryptos could help fund renewable energy plants and many more topics.


    The blockchain research lab:
    https://www.blockchainresearchlab.org/
    ACIT Global:
    https://acit-science.com/

    • 1 hr 46 min
    #27: Super Pollutants with Jonathan Banks

    #27: Super Pollutants with Jonathan Banks

    In this episode, host Manuel Brenner is joined by Jonathan Banks, international director the Global Super Pollutants program for the Clean Air Task Force.

    This is the final episode of a 4-part miniseries that ACIT is hosting together with the CATF. The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a global non-profit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies through research, analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector.

    In this episode, we primarily discuss the super pollutant methane. We discuss where methane emissions primarily come from, its impact on the climate, and how reducing emissions could have significant effects on reducing global warming. We cover why incentives are surprisingly aligned around methane, the role the gas and oil industry plays, detecting leaks via cameras and satellites, an increasing awareness around methane emissions, and a strong increase in political action in recent years.
    We end by discussing why methane is a source of hope for the climate sector since it promises short term impact with good incentives and without relying on uncertain technologies.

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    • 56 min
    #26: The Future of Nuclear Energy with Carlos Leipner

    #26: The Future of Nuclear Energy with Carlos Leipner

    In this episode, host Manuel Brenner is joined by Carlos Leipner, international director the Global Nuclear Energy Strategy for the Clean Air Task Force.

    This is the third episode of a 4-part miniseries that ACIT is hosting together with the CATF. The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a global non-profit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies through research, analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector. 

    In this episode, we discuss nuclear energy, recent technological developments and third and fourth generation reactors, the important role nuclear could play in developing a carbon free energy sector, scaling and streamlining production, nuclear for hydrogen production, Europe vs. Asia, the risks of nuclear and how to assess them in light of recent developments in Ukraine, how the Ukrainian war has changed uranium prizes and changed the landscape again, how nuclear waste factors in, how European is changing its attitude towards nuclear energy, and many more topics.

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    Find out more about the Clean Air Task Force: https://www.catf.us/about/ 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #25: Tackling Climate Change through Carbon Capture with Lee Beck

    #25: Tackling Climate Change through Carbon Capture with Lee Beck

    In this episode, host Manuel Brenner is joined by Lee Beck, international director of global carbon capture strategies for the clean air task force.
    In this capacity she lead the carbon capture strategy, program, and team, which is by now represented in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, and has tripled in size in recent years.
    This is the second episode of a 3-part miniseries that ACIT is hosting together with the CATF. The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a global non-profit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies through research, analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector.

    In this episode, we go in depth into carbon capture and storage, what the state of technology is, how policy shapes incentives in the carbon capture space, how carbon capture connects to more ambitious climate goals and negative emissions, how carbon pricing has changed the landscape, what pilot projects are being built, how the US and Europe differ in mentality and how they can be complimentary, optimism and optionality, and many more topics.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    #24: The Clean Air Task Force with Armond Cohen

    #24: The Clean Air Task Force with Armond Cohen

    In this episode, Manuel Brenner is joined by Armond Cohen.

    Armond Cohen is co-founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force, which he has led since its formation in 1996.
    The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a global non-profit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the  rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies through research, analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector.
    This is the first episode of a 3-part miniseries that ACIT is hosting together with the CATF.

    In this episode, we discuss what the CATF is and how it works, current paradigms in the climate movement, the importance of optionality, why wind and solar will probably not be exclusive solutions to the issue of climate change, how to advance a carbon-free energy sector in developing countries without falling back to neo-colonial policies, optimism vs. apocalyptic thinking in the climate movement, politics and partisanship in the US and internationally and how they interact with innovation in the energy sector, what changes the endorsement of the CATF by the effective altruism foundation have made possible in recent years, and much more.

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    https://www.catf.us/about/

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    • 1 hr 9 min